Corvallis Schools Foundation

Corvallis School District #1 was established in 1914. Since that time, its buildings and programs have provided outstanding educational opportunities for the community's children and adults; a center for musical, theatrical, and sports events; and a year-round gathering place for community activities.

In April 1998, a group of community members formed the nonprofit, tax-exempt Corvallis Schools Foundation to help the School District enhance and expand academic and extracurricular opportunities for Corvallis students.

2016 CSF Funding Guidelines

Your tax exempt donations to the Corvallis Schools Foundation can provide:

  • unique educational and extracurricular programs for students
  • student scholarships
  • enrichment opportunities in music and the arts
  • support for libraries and technolgy
  • teacher scholarships for advanced training

    If you would like more information contact us:

    Tim Johnson
    Corvallis Schools Foundation P.O Box 700 Corvallis, MT 59828 (406) 961-4211
  • Accomplishments

    The Corvallis Schools Foundation works with Corvallis teachers and administrators to identify programs and projects needing financial support. The Foundation's focus is to supplement funding for opportunities that fall outside of the School District's routine budget, rather than supplant funds the District normally would provide Some of the Foundation's accomplishments include those listed below.

    Accomplishments of Corvallis School Foundation

    Endowment Fund

    The interest earned on donations to the Irrevocable, Permanent Endowment Fund can be used to support projects approved by the Foundation Board. All donations to the Fund remain invested - only the interest may be used.

    Robotics Team

    The Foundation has provided funds to help the High School Robotics Team purchase materials needed to build the Team's robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition.

    Library Mini-Theater

    In conjunction with the School District, the Foundation is working to renovate the old high school library to create a mini-theater. Foundation assistance includes the purchase of a state-of-the-art sound system, theater lighting and light board, and comfortable seating. The Mini-Theater is designed to provide an intimate performance and rehearsal space for theatrical productions, lectures, musical ensembles and choirs, and film viewing as well as a meeting space. To date, it has provided a stage for the Montana Repertory Theater, local authors, and guest lecturers as well as rehearsal space for student presentations and productions. In addition, it is used routinely for student and faculty meetings and events, such as the Knowledge Master Open competition, Living Biographies, staff inservice workshops, and community meetings.

    Life Skills Room

    Following the 1998 fire in the Middle School, the Foundation raised funds for the construction and equipping of a Life Skills Room as part of the post-fire reconstruction. This room serves 60 - 70 middle and high school students annually. These students range from the severely handicapped to individuals needing small group or individual academic assistance. It includes a handicapped accessible kitchen and laundry for teaching basic living skills, a private area for personal hygiene and addressing special health needs, open space for physical therapy, work space for academic activities, and two computer stations.

    Fire Recovery Fund

    Donations to this fund following the fire in the Middle School were used to replace Middle School library materials and to upgrade the Middle School art room.

    Strength Training Equipment

    Through the fundraising efforts of a local volunteer, the Foundation purchased five pieces of equipment for the strength-training program.

    Scholarships for Corvallis High School graduates

  • Marty Litvin Scholarship
  • Alma Hayes Memorial Scholarship (art)
  • Citizens State Bank/Montana Bankers Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Julie Huls Zsupnik Art Scholasrship

  • Donate

    Thank you for your interest in the Corvallis Schools Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below and a printable donation form will open in a new window. We appreciate your support. If you would like to contact us, please call or write:

    Tim Johnson
    Corvallis Schools Foundation P.O Box 700 Corvallis, MT 59828 (406) 961-4211

    If you are ready to donate, please print a donation form.
    Board Members

    Sherrie Adolphson

    I have lived in the Bitterroot Valley since 2001 and have two children in the Corvallis School System. I was employed by The American Red Cross Blood Services and transferred to the Missoula Office upon our move to Montana. My husband, Brett, is the owner of Bitterroot Cabins, a vacation rental and property management business, here in the Valley. After I tired of the daily commute, I changed careers and have been a Radio Marketing Professional since 2005. I am an active Soroptimist, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, member of Hamilton United Businesses, participant in the Chamber Leads Group, and a board member of the Corvallis Schools Foundation.

    Vannesa Bargfrede

    I have lived in the Corvallis area since 1991. Our two children attended the Corvallis School District. Justin entered the school in the 1st grade and Jason entered in the 4th grade. They have both graduated from Corvallis High School. My husband, Doug, and I were Cub Scout & Boy Scout leaders for eight years. We also coached baseball for nine years. I started working for the Corvallis School District in 1992 and am currently the School District Clerk. I serve as the secretary/treasurer for the Corvallis Schools Foundation.

    Tonia Bloom

    My husband and I first came to the Bitterroot Valley in 1972 and have lived in Corvallis since 1977. I have served on the Corvallis School Board for 15 years and currently chair the board. I have served as a classroom volunteer, as a member of the School District's Curriculum, Gifted/Talented, Negotiating, and Facilities Committees and have been the volunteer coordinator for the Corvallis Reading Is Fundamental Program since 1988. I am currently secretary of the Corvallis Civic Club, a board member of the Teller Wildlife Refuge, and a board member and president (2002) of the Montana School Boards Association. My husband, Marshall, is a scientist at the Rocky Mountain Labs. Our two sons both attended Corvallis Schools for 13 years. Jesse graduated in 1997 and Seth in 2000.

    Leah Capko

    I moved to Corvallis in 1976 where I attended school and graduated. I have two children who attend school here; Jake is currently a Freshman and Hannah is in the 5th grade. My husband Bill, also a Corvallis graduate, and I both currently work for First Security Bank. We are both involved in the Corvallis Baseball Association, Bill as a coach and Vice President and I as Secretary/Treasurer. I have also been involved in certain CCEC events such as the Memorial Day Festival. I look forward to serving on the board of the Corvallis Schools Foundation in an effort to raise money for very worthy academic programs.

    Raymond Dunbar

    I was raised in the Corvallis area and have lived here all my life except for a 3 ½ year adventure in the US Air Force. I attended Corvallis schools for twelve years, and graduated in 1963. My wife, Laurie, and I have raised three children - all are Corvallis graduates. I work at Don's Home Center; Laurie is a teacher in the Hamilton School District. After serving fourteen years on the Corvallis School Board, serving on the Corvallis Schools Foundation Board seems like a logical step forward.

    Whitney Litvin Curtis

    I have lived in the beautiful Bitterroot valley all my life. I graduated from Corvallis High School and have one daughter, Sydonia attending CHS. My father, Marty Litvin was a teacher and coach at Corvallis for over 20 years and our family has strong ties to the Community. My passion for the Foundation is in honor of my father and in helping the students of Corvallis obtain an exceptional educational experience. After a 23 year career in Biotech, last working for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, I retired from the corporate world to shift my focus to family and our businesses. My husband Kyp and I are owners of Corvallis Drug, TimberRidge Pharmacy, Ridgeway Mail Order Pharmacy and a few other pharmacies. I love family, sports, animals, aviation and travel but I always appreciate coming home to the Bitterroot Valley! .

    Doug Martin

    Doug earned his Masters of Physical Therapy in 1995 as a Graduate from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. In 2007, Doug received national recognition by completing specialist certification in sports through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a frequent presenter to local groups regarding injury prevention and performance enhancement. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1993 and the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2001. Doug currently serves on the board of the Corvallis Baseball Association and was president of the association from 2010-2012. Doug is passionate about helping to improve the lives of others he comes in contact with. Doug enjoys being creative and using his energy to improve processes and create efficiency. In his private time, Doug enjoys an active lifestyle including hiking, skiing, fishing, triathlons and marathons. He is married to Heidi and has two children in the Corvallis School District

    Tim Johnson

    It is a pleasure to work with the Corvallis Schools Foundation. I have been an educator for 17 years and have a profound respect and admiration for what a healthy foundation can do for a school.  I am originally from Minnesota (Twin Cities) and upon graduating high school had plans to be a police officer. After finishing my law enforcement degree, I decided that education was the route I wanted to go and became a middle school math/science teacher. I’ve taught 5th-8th grade math and science, all abilities including teaching at-risk students. I owned and operated a lawn and landscape business for 25 years. I enjoy outdoor activities that include: photography, astronomy, hunting/fishing, hiking, and mountaineering.  My education history:  A.A.S. Law Enforcement (1992); B.S. Elementary Ed (1997); M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction (1999); Ed.S. K-12 Administration (2010); Currently an Ed.D. student at the University of Montana’s Educational Leadership program. I’m certified as a Wilderness First Aid Responder (2014) and as an instructor for Emergency Response to an Armed Intruder (2013, 2014).   

    The Core Purpose of the Corvallis School District is to achieve excellence in educating the whole child in a safe environment so that students are prepared to succeed in life and become productive members of society.

    Contact Details

    • Corvallis School District #1
      1045 Main Street
      P.O. Box 700
      Corvallis, MT 59828

    • Phone: 406.961.4211

    • Fax: 406.961.5144

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